Today’s blog is quite different from my usual blogs; it features the Christian art of hymn writing, featuring the contemporary hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.”
“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” was written by Stuart Townend and copywritten by Thankyou Music in 1995. This song became one of my favorites the first time I heard it. I’m not sure why. This song remains one of my favorite songs.
Perhaps it’s the mood set by the song. The first time I heard this song, I was convinced it was an old song. The melody is somber and reflective without becoming mournful. Its tone is that of a hymn. The song does not suggest contemporary worship.
Perhaps it’s the haunting lyrics. These lyrics harken back to crucifixion songs such as those written by Charles Wesley or Isaac Watts. The stanzas of contemporary songs rarely achieve the depth and expressiveness of these lyrics. This writer (Townend) undoubtedly was inspired!
But this song is not from another time. Mr. Townend continues to compose songs today. He was born in 1963, hailing from West Yorkshire, England. Stuart committed his life to Christ at age 13 and began songwriting at 22. He serves Christ today as a worship leader and songwriter. His most well-known song is “In Christ Alone” which he co-wrote with Irish songwriter Keith Getty.